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E-matches: Fusing, transport and safety

03 May 2013 - 09:10 AM

Hi again all.

In my relentless quest of making my shows safer (for me and my crew) I have come to e-matches and safety.


The last shipment of e-matches I recieved from China are much more sensitve to shock and friction than the ones I have used before.

And I have wached the video on YouTube with the "hammertest", pulling, snips and scissors with terror!


I will not use the "sensi-matches" before I have worked out a better or safer way as I have more than enough of the good ones.


Anyhow, how and when do you fuse (or "e-match") your shows?


In my work, we have done it all from arriving with shells and cakes on the firing site and done all the work there, to do all the matching beforehand and transporting the fireworks with e-matches installed. Both in training and before I started out my own company, we did it all possible ways.


What I am trying to do is to raise a discussion on how you e-match your articles.

There are pros and cons with different ways of doing this and time spendt will vary from what you choose.

But wich method is safe, wich is safer and what is no-go for you?


Feel free to comment!



Cutters for QuickMatch?

03 April 2013 - 07:36 PM

I have been in search for a better cutter than scissors for my pro shells.

So far, no accidents, but leaning to the safeer side, any suggestions?


I could always use a knife, but will probably just end up bleeding....




Where to buy e-match in quantity?

15 December 2012 - 01:55 PM

Hi, sorry if this is the wrong place to post, couldn't find a better one.

I'm in the pro pyro businiess, and I have a importer where I live.
We buy most of our stuff from him.
But we have different approaches on firing: They handfire, we e-fire.

So: Any good places to shop for e-matches?

I'm looking for say a 1000 pcs og 6 m/18 ft wire on these.

May it be in the UK or a place who export these at a cost less than 1 GBP a piece.

How do YOU build up your show for the finale?

15 May 2012 - 07:53 AM

Hi, I might be stirring up a hornets nest here.
Or maybe not, since I have seen very little about the topic in this forum.

I am a licenced display operater and the owner of my own pyro firm. In July we have two small shows in our order book.

When I sat down to plan the first show, it struck me that I was planning it as I alwas do:
- first I plan the "grand finale"
- then the opening of the show
- the the "semi-finale" comes next
- and last, fill in the blanks with cakes and stuff until the price/time limit has been reached...

Going back in history, shows were planned differently and they where following quite strict rules.
They could eigther be classed by effect in the early years or by colour when coloured comp came in use later on.
Often they would have three volleys before the grand finale. It could be spinners, rockets, shells, lances, set pieces etc.

I'm not going too deep in this (yet), but colour saturation in the eye as well as not creating chaos is a must to have in mind.
I confess I find shorter and fuller shows superior to longer and slower ones. I'm not to fond of salutes, but they have their place in most shows.

We had discussion with here the other night, and one of the participants is not a pyro-junkie.
He handles sales and promotion, and told me that only people that really know pyro is as obsessed with this as I am.
His idea is that the audience are happy with whatever they get, as long as it is big and booms.

I might be overthinking this, but I find it helpful and sometimes downright mandatory to take a step back and rethink things.
Or I might be thinking too much. My wifte does not share that opinion but then again...

So, please feel free to step up and claim you display planning as the perfect one.
Or at least share some ideas with the rest of us.

Sonoco Tubes - a NEPT substitute?

01 March 2011 - 07:47 PM

Title says it all, I'd love a shipment of NEPT, but shipping is a killer.
I stumbled over another company, Sonoco, has anyone had contact or dealings with them in the past?